Tuesday, August 16, 2011

It's Tuesday




Good morning, good afternoon or good evening, depending on where in the world you may be. Here's what's happening....

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Today is August 16th, the 228th day of 2011. There are 137 days left in the year.

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Jets' forward Rypien found dead in Alberta home.

As Preds try to move forward, depth will be tested.

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Today's Birthdays: Frank Gifford is 81 ... Actor Reginald VelJohnson (Family Matters, Die Hard) is 59 ... TV host Kathie Lee Gifford is 58 ... Director James Cameron is 57 ... Actress Angela Bassett is 53 ... Madonna is 53 ... Actor Timothy Hutton is 51 ... Actor Steve Carell is 49.

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2011 U.S. Women's Under-18 Team Named

Team to Participate in Women's Under-18 Series

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey today announced the 22-player 2011 U.S. Women's Under-18 Team, which will participate in the 2011 Women's Under-18 Series Aug. 18-21 in Rockland, Ont.

The Women's Under-18 Series, now in its fifth year, is a three-game competition between the United States and Canada.

Highlighting the roster are eight members of the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team that captured the gold medal at the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation U18 Women's World Championship this past January, including goaltender Megan Miller (Long Grove, Ill.); defensemen Courtney Burke (Albany, N.Y.) and Lee Stecklein (Roseville, Minn.); forwards Sydney Daniels (Southwick, Mass.), Paige Savage (Carrollton, Texas), and Dana Trivigno (Setauket, N.Y.). Forwards Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) and Haley Skarupa (Rockville, Md.) also won silver with the 2010 U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team in the IIHF U18 Women's World Championship.

Defenseman Briana Mastel (Wallingford, Conn.) and forward Demi Crossman (Livonia, Mich.), along with Burke, Carpenter, Miller, Savage, Skarupa and Stecklein, played for the U.S. Women's Under-18 Team that swept Canada at the 2010 Women's Under-18 Series.

The U.S. will open series play on Thursday (Aug. 18) at 7 p.m. EDT at the Canadian International Hockey Academy. A full schedule is below.

NOTES: For Team USA's full roster, click here ...The 22 players hail from 11 states, with Minnesota's six representatives leading the group ... Alex Carpenter is the daughter of U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer and Stanley Cup champion Bobby Carpenter ... Sydney Daniels is the daughter of NHL Central Scout Scott Daniels, who played six seasons in the NHL ... Heather Linstad, head women's ice hockey coach at the University of Connecticut, will serve as head coach of the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team for the 2011-12 season. She will be assisted by Hilary Witt, assistant women's ice hockey coach at Northeastern University, and Joel Johnson, assistant women's ice hockey coach at the University of Minnesota ... The roster was selected during the USA Hockey Women's National Festival in Blaine, Minn., where they played all three Over-18 Teams in preparation.

2011 Women's Under-18 Series Schedule
Canadian International Hockey Academy• Rockland, Ont.

Date Opponent Time (EDT)
Thurs., Aug. 18 Canada 7:00 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 19 Canada 7:00 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 21 Canada 10:00 a.m.

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Weird Contest Week starts today.

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Ken Miller mystified by Riders' woes.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Toronto Argonauts put their matching 1-6 records up against each other at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario this coming Thursday, August 18th. Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri call the action on 620 CKRM and the Rider Radio Network beginning at 7:30pm EDT. The game can also be seen in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. on the NFL Network (I hope. I mean, they say they are carrying the game, but they ditched broadcasts they previously said they were going to carry two or three times this season already) and online at ESPN3.com.

Visit the team's official website at http://www.riderville.com/.

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ON DVD TODAY -- Priest ... Something Borrowed ... The Conspirator ... The Bang Bang Club ... Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil ... Jane Eyre ... Spin City: Season Five ... Dexter: The Fifth Season.

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CFL.ca Power Rankings for Week #7.

Irving: Bombers enter Bye Week on high note.

Ask the Ref with Tom Higgins for Week 8.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the leagues' official website, http://www.cfl.ca/.

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World Money Week starts today.

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I like to run too Daddy!

And according to a note that mysteriously(?) popped up on my Facebook page yesterday, Jimmy took his first steps on August 15th, 2009. Here's a picture of him from that day.












We sure do love our Jimmy. Can you tell?

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It's state fair time. (Otherwise known as America's tribute to fat pants.)

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Sunday's game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees was rained out. No reschedule date has been announced. The Rays were off yesterday, and play a Day-Night doubleheader at Boston against the Red Sox today. First pitch for game one is 1:05pm EDT, with James Shields pitching for Tampa Bay, against Jon Lester of the Red Sox. Game two is slated to start at 7:10pm EDT. Jeff Niemann starts for the Rays, Eric Bedard for Boston.

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Joe Miller's Joke Day is today. (Linky Link)

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ATLANTA -- Striving to return to the postseason, the Giants provided reminders of last October's National League Division Series by smacking clutch hits, receiving Madison Bumgarner's admirable pitching and repelling the Atlanta Braves' formidable challenge.

Actually, not quite.

"This was kind of a similar game, I guess," Bumgarner said, "until the end."

The end nullified a determined Giants effort. Freddie Freeman's two-run single off closer Brian Wilson capped Atlanta's three-run rally in Monday night's ninth inning that gave the Braves a 5-4 walk-off victory.

Read the rest here.

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Today is National Airborne Day. (Linky Link)

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Today in Elvis History:

1958 - Gladys Presley's funeral was held in Memphis. 500 policemen were used to keep the giant crowd at bay.

1960 - Principle photography (production) began on the Elvis Presley film "Flaming Star."

1977 - At Graceland, Elvis was discovered dead by his girlfriend Ginger Alden. His death was contributed to congestive heart failure.

1984 - RCA Victor Records released the Elvis Presley single "Baby, Let's Play House."

1987 - Cinemax-TV premiered "Elvis '56."

1994 - Light Year Entertainment released a three-video boxed set entitled "Elvis - The Concert Collection."

1997 - Elvis Presley, via video, starred in "Elvis in Concert '97." Over thirty of his former bandmantes made appearances.

2002 - In Memphis, TN, Lisa Marie Presley introduced a recording of a song she recorded for her father at "Elvis In Concert." The event was the last day of a 25th anniversary concert.

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The bare minimum of exercise is good enough, suggests a study published Monday (in the Lancet) concluding that just 15 minutes of daily physical activity increases your life expectancy by 14 percent, or three years, over your lazy counterparts.

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Today in Beatles History:

1962 - Pete Best was fired from the Beatles. Johnny Hutchinson (Big Three) filled in as drummer that evening at the Riverpark Ballroom, Chester, Cheshire.

1986 - Paul McCartney's "Press" hit #25 in the U.K.

2002 - It was announced that Paul McCartney had canceled his appearance for the Kennedy Center honors and that he would be named on the list of performers for 2003.

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A woman staying at a Flint, Michigan hotel became so irate when she was refused a refund that she allegedly threatened workers there and ripped up the mattress in one of the rooms. (I'd bet they won't be keeping the light on for her anytime soon!)

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Today in Sports History:

1920 - The only fatality to occur in a major league baseball game happened. Ray Chapman (Cleveland Indians) was hit in the head with a fastball from Carl Mays of the New York Yankees.

1948 - Babe Ruth died at the age of 53.

1954 - Sports Illustrated was published for the first time. It was claimed that 250,000 subscriptions had been sold before the first issue came off of the presses.

1981 - Cal Ripken Jr. got his first major league hit.

1996 - In Monterrey, Mexico, the New York Mets played the San Diego Padres. The Padres won the game 15-10. It was the first-ever regular season major league game to be played outside the United States and Canada.

2002 - The major league baseball players union announced that they would begin a strike on August 30th.

2002 - Curt Shilling (Arizona Diamondbacks) won his 20th game of the year.

2003 - The Canadian Football League announced that it had taken control of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats franchise until new ownership agreements were in place.

2003 - Jimmy Smith (Jacksonville Jaguars) was suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

2003 - Michael Vick (Atlanta Falcons) suffered a fractured right fibula in a 13-10 preseason loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

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Kate Plus 8 will not be renewed for a ninth season. In a statement Monday the show's network said: "TLC has decided not to renew another season of Kate Plus 8. By the end of this season Kate Plus 8 will have hit the 150 episode mark (including Jon & Kate Plus 8); an exceptional milestone. TLC hopes to check in with Kate and the family periodically with specials in the future." (Really? Oh boy, I can YAAAAAAAWN hardly wait.)

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Coming up:

Tonight:

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 1:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 7:10pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 1:35pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves 7:10pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves 7:10pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Toronto Argonauts 7:30pm EDT

NFL Preseason Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New England Patriots 7:30pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Houston Astros  8:05pm EDT

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villenueve 2:30pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Houston Astros  8:05pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Houston Astros  2:05pm EDT

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